Technology is an amazing thing. Computers these days can do everything but serve you coffee. With so many new bells and whistles, computers and the Internet have become hunting grounds for child predators. They attempt to reach your child through your computer and they can use webcams to do it.
It’s as if The Jetsons are alive and living in the 21st century. You can actually talk to someone through your computer and see them face to face. Using webcams, video equipment and microphones, kids can project their image across cyberspace.
Kids these days learn far more at an earlier age than their parents. They are introduced to computers in grade school and taught how to navigate the World Wide Web in what seems like no time at all. This is progress and a positive thing, but parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing online at all times.
You might be like other parents who view the computer as a foreign object. It won’t bite you, but it can hurt your kids if you don’t know what they are doing on it.
Going to school can be a social minefield. Your child is there to learn but school is where they spend the majority of their day so they will have to learn to interact with other kids. Part of the social scene can include bullying. The newest element of this distasteful act is called Cyber bullying.
Have you heard terms like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter? If you haven’t, I guarantee your kids have. These are just a few of the social networking sites where kids can meet other peers and create their own page to highlight who they are. Before letting your kids interact on these or any other teen sites, fill them in on a few precautions in order to help them stay safe.
There once was a time when computers took up an entire room. Now, every household has at least one. If you have computers (desktops and laptops) in your home and the kids have access to them implement a few guidelines to keep them safe while on the Internet.
Everyone in your household values their privacy. If you have teenagers this is most likely a big issue for you now. When it comes to online communication, their privacy will always take a back seat to their safety when they are in control. You lock your home’s door against predators, but unfortunately these slimy thieves have found another way to get in – your computer.
Yesterday my 3-year old, Sekayi, and I, were interviewed on Channel 4 and Channel 9 regarding the historic election of President-Elect Barack Obama. Sekayi’s preschool held their own “Inaugural Ball” and they held their own “general election” in the fall. It is wonderful to see how this election has inspired even the youngest and purest of hearts. Sekayi is the handsome little boy in the beige suit.